Saturday, February 23, 2008

From The Inbox. . .

My name is Michael Perlman, and I am Chairman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council, serving Rego Park and Forest Hills. We are an historic preservation group that advocates for preservation via landmarking & zoning, works with property owners for historically-sensitive rehabilitations, and encourages adaptive reuse of sites which bear architectural, cultural, & historical significance. I established my group in 2006, in response to the increase in demolitions and inappropriate alterations of significant structures, to the benefit of community residents who expressed concern, and also for the longevity of our community and its distinctive character.

Historic Districts Council (HDC) has a relatively new free series called "Monday Morning Coffee Talks." On Monday, March 3rd (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) Ann Friedman, Director of the NY Landmark Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program, will explain how places of worship can utilize the program to their benefit, and acquire funding to potentially restore and rehabilitate their institutions (i.e. interior, exterior, roof, etc), while being sympathetic toward history. The properties do not have to be landmarked to be eligible for the program. Some most recent remarkable examples of the NY Landmark Conservancy's success for Queens sacred sites include, the in-progress restoration and rehabilitation of St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst & that of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona.

A recent HDC gathering which consisted of preservation professionals & interested parties in an informal setting, proved very successful. Rego-Forest Preservation Council encourages religious leaders, historians, & local community residents to attend. Some representatives who we have convinced, and will be in attendance on March 3rd are from: Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills, the Church-In-The-Gardens, & First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, amongst others.

Please let me know if you will be available ASAP, since space is limited. Then I will contact HDC's Preservation Associate Lauren Belfer to fill the tentative reservations. My e-mail is Please read the following links for more information:

For more information on this new & noteworthy HDC series:

For information on the NY Landmark Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program:

The NY Landmark Conservancy religious properties survey effort that we are voluntarily contributing to: